Why Does My Ankles Hurt When I Walk Or Do Exercise,?

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The first thing to remember is that almost everyone will get aches and pains after doing a lot of exercise, especially when you first begin to exercise regularly.

During exercise there is constantly a lot of pressure being exerted through your ankles onto your feet whenever you walk or do exercise, it is very common for this to result in some pain, so it is important not to panic. There are a few things that increase the risk of pain.

1. Carrying too much weight - Unfortunately there isn't a quick fix for this, you may wish to mix running with other exercises such as swimming and gradually increase the amount of running you do in your exercise.

2. Hard surfaces - Dirt trails provide a softer surface to run on and consequently place less stress on your body while running, including your shins.

3. Old shoes or the wrong shoes - if you plan on running then buy running specific shoes. This isn't a marketing gimmick when companies develop lines of shoes designed for a specific activity (e.g. Running, cross training).

In order to help prevent ankle pain there are a few simple steps.

1. Rest - take a bit of time off and try to let your body do what it does best - recover!

2. Ice - the age old remedy of ice and elevation should not be understated. Ice two or three times a day for about 20 minutes at a time for as long as the discomfort persists.

3. Stretching - loosen up the anterior and posterior shin and calf muscles on a daily basis. Having tight muscles and ligaments will only make the risk for shin injury easier.

If the pain persists, see a doctor.
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Anonymous answered
If your ankles tighten with cramps whenever you walk, you likely need more potassium in your diet. I have this problem too, and whenever I am low on potassium, my ankles cramp so terribly it makes walking less than desirable. Try eating a few bananas (if you can stand them) as they are high in potassium and Vitamin B6, among other nutrients.

You may not see results right away. In fact, it took two weeks of eating bananas before I noticed a difference. Also, if you don't like bananas, there are other foods that have potassium. Just do a Google search to see what they are.
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I'm not sure but I get that too. It may be un-used muscle/tendons that are hurting. Or it may be (if you were flat shoes) that not having an arch is putting pressure on your ankles (my doctor and my chiropractor (can't spell) said this to me) how I should solve it is wearing shoes with a heal and/or wearing those squishy things you pet in your shoes. X3 thats all I know
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Maybe you should ice it and call the doctor to make an appointment and let them check it
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If its one ankle it might be sprained or hurt, but If its both ankles you could have pronated ankles. Pronated ankles is when your ankles turn inward wich can cause you pain. If not treated It can become very bad. I have pronated ankles and one ankle seems to hurt more than the other. If this is your case, you might have to go to an orthopedic to get foot braces to wear to fix the alignment of the bone structure of your ankle.

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